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    This page contains bill sponsorships in the Senate and House. Bill sponsorships indicate the topics that legislators are most interested in, and spend the most time on.

12-S3501 on Aug 2, 2012

Bill Sponsorship: Industrial Hemp Farming Act
Source: HR1831/S3501/HR525(2013)
  • Amends the Controlled Substances Act to exclude industrial hemp from the definition of "marihuana."
  • Defines "industrial hemp" to mean the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of such plant, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3% on a dry weight basis.
  • Deems Cannabis sativa L. to meet that concentration limit if a person grows or processes it for purposes of making industrial hemp in accordance with state law.

Sponsor's Remarks:
Rep. PAUL: Nine States allow industrial hemp production or research in accord with State laws. However, Federal law is standing in the way of farmers in these States growing what may be a very profitable crop. Because of current Federal law, all hemp included in products sold in the US must be imported instead of being grown by American farmers. Since 1970, the federal Controlled Substances Act's inclusion of industrial hemp in the "schedule one" definition of marijuana has prohibited American farmers from growing industrial hemp despite the fact that industrial hemp has such a low content of THC (the psychoactive chemical in the related marijuana plant) that nobody can be psychologically affected by consuming hemp.

The US is the only industrialized nation that prohibits industrial hemp cultivation. Industrial hemp is a crop that was grown legally throughout the US for most of our Nation's history. In fact, during World War II, the Federal Government actively encouraged American farmers to grow industrial hemp to help the war effort. It is unfortunate that the Federal Government has stood in the way of American farmers competing in the global industrial hemp market. Indeed, the founders of our Nation, some of whom grew hemp, would surely find that federal restrictions on farmers growing a safe and profitable crop on their own land are inconsistent with the constitutional guarantee of a limited Government.

Note: H.R.1831 and S.3501 were introduced in the 112th Congress (2012) and the same bill, as H.R.525, was re-introduced in the 113th Congress (2013).

Also see the related House of Representatives bill H.R.1866.


    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 19. Question 19: Never legalize marijuana Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Drugs
  • Headline: Sponsored defining industrial hemp as not marijuana (Score: -1)
  • Headline 2: Exclude industrial hemp from definition of marijuana (Score: -1)

  • Key for participation codes:
  • Sponsorships: p=sponsored; o=co-sponsored; s=signed
  • Memberships: c=chair; m=member; e=endorsed; f=profiled; s=scored
  • Resolutions: i=introduced; w=wrote; a=adopted
  • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.



Democrats participating in 12-S3501

Tammy Baldwin s2oWI Democratic ChallengerMay 11, 2011
Earl Blumenauer s2oOregon DemocratMay 11, 2011
Suzanne Bonamici s2oOregon DemocratSep 11, 2012
Matt Cartwright s2oPennsylvania DemocratSep 9, 2013
Hansen Clarke s2oMichigan Former Democrat (until 2012)Jan 31, 2012
William Lacy Clay s2oMissouri DemocratMay 11, 2011
Steve Cohen s2oTennessee DemocratMay 11, 2011
Peter Defazio s2oOregon DemocratMay 11, 2011
Suzan DelBene s2oWashington DemocratOct 15, 2013
Keith Ellison s2oMinnesota DemocratMay 11, 2011
Sam Farr s2oCalifornia DemocratMay 11, 2011
Bob Filner s2oCalifornia Democrat (Mayoral run 2011)Dec 7, 2011
Barney Frank s2oMassachusetts Democrat (Retiring 2012)May 11, 2011
Tulsi Gabbard s2oHawaii DemocratJun 6, 2013
Raul Grijalva s2oArizona DemocratMay 11, 2011
Maurice Hinchey s2oNew York Dem/Working-Fam.(Retired 2012)May 11, 2011
Mike Honda s2oCalifornia DemocratMay 12, 2011
Jared Huffman s2oCalifornia DemocratMar 12, 2013
Dennis Kucinich s2oOhio Democrat (Lost 2012 Primary)May 11, 2011
Jim McDermott s2oWashington DemocratMay 11, 2011
Jeff Merkley s2oOR Democratic Jr SenatorAug 2, 2012
George Miller s2oCalifornia DemocratMay 11, 2011
James Moran s2oVirginia DemocratMay 11, 2011
Jerrold Nadler s2oNew York Dem./Lib./Working-FamiliesMay 11, 2011
Eleanor Holmes Norton s2oDistrict of Columbia DemocratJan 6, 2012
Beto O`Rourke s2oTexas DemocratJul 31, 2013
Collin Peterson s2oMinnesota Democrat/Farmer/LaborOct 25, 2011
Chellie Pingree s2oMaine DemocratMay 11, 2011
Mark Pocan s2oWisconsin DemocratFeb 6, 2013
Jared Polis s2oColorado DemocratMay 11, 2011
Jan Schakowsky s2oIllinois DemocratMay 11, 2011
Kurt Schrader s2oOregon DemocratOct 14, 2011
Pete Stark s2oCalifornia DemocratMay 11, 2011
Peter Welch s2oVermont DemocratOct 11, 2011
Lynn Woolsey s2oCalifornia Democrat (Retiring 2012)May 11, 2011
Ron Wyden s1pOR Democratic Sr Senator 



Republicans participating in 12-S3501

Dan Benishek s2oMichigan RepublicanMay 23, 2011
Kerry Bentivolio s2oMichigan RepublicanMar 14, 2013
John Campbell s2oCalifornia RepublicanMay 13, 2011
Kevin Cramer s2oNorth Dakota RepublicanMay 8, 2013
Steve Daines s2oMontana RepublicanMar 14, 2013
Richard Hanna s2oNew York RepublicanSep 18, 2012
Timothy Johnson s2oIllinois Republican (Retiring 2012)Nov 3, 2011
Thomas Massie s2oKentucky RepublicanNov 27, 2012
Tom McClintock s2oCA03 Former Republican Challenger (2003)May 11, 2011
Rand Paul s2oKY Republican Jr SenatorAug 2, 2012
Ron Paul s1pPOTUS Republican (Libertarian 1988) 
Trey Radel s2oFlorida RepublicanApr 17, 2013
Dennis Rehberg s2oMontana Republican (Senate run 2012)Jul 6, 2011
Dana Rohrabacher s2oCalifornia RepublicanMay 11, 2011
Steve Stockman s2oTexas RepublicanMar 19, 2013
Ted Yoho s2oFlorida RepublicanFeb 6, 2013



Independents participating in 12-S3501

Bernie Sanders s2oVermont IndependentAug 2, 2012



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 36
Republicans: 16
Independents: 1


















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